Interpol Gives Ecomessage Award to Kenya for Fighting Wildlife Crime

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Lu, 07/18/2005
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Ecomessage, a new Interpol reporting system designed in collaboration with IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org), allows real-time access to wildlife crime information among law enforcement agencies worldwide.
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IFAW Rescues Elephant Calf From Poachers

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Ma, 08/02/2005
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“It is very disappointing that an elephant was nearly killed by poachers within a protected nature reserve,” said Dr. Zhang Li IFAW’s Director of China, “Stronger measures must be taken to tackle wildlife poaching in the nature reserves to prevent more animals from suffering and death.”

After finding the trapped elephant, members of IFAW’s Asian elephant protection team anesthetized the calf, freed its leg from the clamp and moved it to a location where its wounds could treated by medical staff.

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Arab League Calls for Collaboration to Fight Wildlife Crime

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Me, 07/13/2005
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"Working on the ground in 15 countries around the world has given IFAW an opportunity to help many states build their wildlife law enforcement capacity," said Executive Vice President Azzedine Downes, "the Arab League's efforts to enforce CITES regulations will help protect the animals so important to Arab traditions and history for generations to come."

In the year leading up to the next CITES CoP14, taking place in the Netherlands, IFAW will help facilitate the meeting of Arab States in order for those members to hold conversations amongst themselves abou

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IFAW’s Penguin Network Releases First Birds

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Je, 07/07/2005
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The Magellanic penguins were released by one of the network’s organizations, Fundacion Mundo Marino, in Argentina. More releases are expected in upcoming weeks.

“Since May more than 60 penguins have been cared for, but historically, late July is the peak of the oiled penguin season, as it is related to their migration, and the expectation is that there will be many more oiled penguins in the weeks to come,” said Dr.

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26 penguins are released by Fundacion Mundo Marino on June 27th, in northeastern Argentina.

Iceland's Whaling Boats Resume Hunt

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Me, 07/06/2005
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The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) had earlier urged the Icelandic government to reject this quota, recommended by Iceland's Marine Research Institute several weeks ago, and call an end to so-called scientific whaling.

A joint statement by the British, French and German governments in May also strongly criticized the MRI's proposals for 39 minke whales to be taken.  Since August 2003, 62 minke whales have been killed in Iceland's coastal waters in the name of science.

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Kenya Government to Export Wildlife to Zoo in Thailand

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Me, 07/06/2005
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IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare –www.ifaw.org) today condemned the decision by the Kenyan Government saying that it sends the wrong message to the world. 

Thailand Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra requested wildlife for the zoo during a meeting late last year with Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki. The Chiang Mai Night Safari Park is a project launched by Shinawatra and animals from other countries have been requested from private zoos and donors.

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Illegal Ivory Trade Flourishes in China

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Ma, 06/28/2005
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“This report clearly shows the links between the legal and illegal ivory trades. Chinese policy makers and enforcement officials have tried to bring the trade under control, but according to IFAW’s study there simply is no way to stop the illegal sale of ivory in China as long as legal ivory sales continue,” said Peter Pueschel, program manager, IFAW.
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The 6.5 metric tonne ivory haul was seized in Singapore three years ago and is the single largest seizure of illegal ivory since the trade was banned by the U.N. Convention on the International Trade of Endangered Species (CITES) in 1989.

Whaling Commission Saved, Whales Still in Trouble

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Ve, 06/24/2005
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Japan formally presented plans to double its “scientific” whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary around Antarctica and added endangered humpback and fin whales to its target list at this week’s session.  A clear majority of IWC member countries yesterday passed a strongly worded resolution calling on Japan to withdraw its new scientific whaling plan.   

“The conservation majority at the IWC is saved, but the whales are not.  Japan is killing hundreds of whales right now in the North Pacific and plans

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IWC Notes Growth of Whale Watching Industry Worldwide

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Je, 06/23/2005
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“More and more countries are saying no to whaling and yes to whale watching, said Dr. Joth Singh, IFAW delegate to the IWC meeting. “Whale watching is a win-win solution for whales and people, bringing terrific economic opportunities to coastal communities worldwide.
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IWC Rejects Japanese Scientific Whaling Proposal

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Me, 06/22/2005
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Japan has killed more than 8,000 whales under the guise of science since the commercial whaling ban. Earlier this year it announced plans to double its “scientific” whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary around Antarctica and add endangered humpback and fin whales to its target list.
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